When will your financial aid package be ready? What does it mean? How do you check the status of your financial aid? These are all really great questions that I’m sure many of you have! In this blog we will be going through the logistics of financial aid, when to expect your financial aid package, how to understand your package, etc.
First, ensure that you have submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and that you have listed the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (School Code 001775) as a recipient of that information.
Next, make sure that we have accurate contact information for you. The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) uses email as well as postal mail to communicate with students. It is your responsibility to provide accurate and updated information! If you need to make any updates to your contact information, you can make them using UI-Integrate Self-Service.
Also, if you’re contacted by OSFA (they may be requesting documents or additional information from you or your family) you should respond ASAP in order to ensure that your financial aid is processed in a timely manner.
If all of this has been done correctly, then you should be receiving a financial aid package from us around February. In order to check the status of your financial aid you will be using UI-Integrate Self-Service again. (Go ahead and bookmark this link, because you will be using Self-Service a lot throughout your time at Illinois!) When you’re checking your status you’ll be able to see various things, including your:
- Award letter
- If you need help understanding your award letter, click the link above!
- Award summary
- Cost of attendance
- Award history
- Scholarship letter
- Shopping sheet
- Student requirements
If you’re interested in learning more about any of these items, click here!
Finally, if you haven’t done so already, take a look through the Financial Aid Terms and Conditions. In order to receive your financial aid, you will need to fulfill these items.
If you have any lingering questions, feel free to contact OFSA.
Pretty easy, right? You’re one step closer to being a college student!